Patrick McElnea (b. 1981) is based in Los Angeles, California. His photographs, paintings, and drawings examine languages of abstraction involving symbolic or historical fantasies. Recent video projects explore how imaginations are shared or misinterpreted during intimate encounters, the forms of picture-making that take place under institutional care. These interests converge on the question of creative manipulation — through pixilation, pigment, and phrasing — within ruling processes of legibility such as preventative medicine, primary education, and therapeutic evaluation. McElnea has had solo exhibitions at Ortega y Gasset Projects in New York, and Daniel Weinburg Gallery in Los Angeles. He earned his MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University in 2008 and his BFA from The Cooper Union in 2004. Teaching appointments include Vassar College, Cooper Union, and SUNY Buffalo.